Laoag’s Pamulinawen Fiesta Resto

Early in the year, my balikbayan relatives visited Ilocos. I took them to Pamulinawen Fiesta Resto. I was confident they’d enjoy Pamulinawen’s good down-home cooking and Pinoy ambiance. I ordered what we regularly would get — Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Chicken A La Rainier and Sizzling Stuffed Squid. If I remember right I also got Kare-Kare and Szechuan Prawns. They loved the food, I can tell.

My friends and I also go there for hot pot aka shabu-shabu. It’s a Chinese thing — cooking balls in simmering stock. Oh, I mean different kinds of balls, meatballs, seafood balls and rolls and cakes, plus some veggies and noodles. A hot pot set for 4 to 6 persons would cost 800 pesos, and for 7 to 10 persons, 1200 pesos.

Our favorite Smoked Baby Back Ribs is amazingly only 95 pesos, and the honey barbecued Chicken A La Rainier, only 85 pesos, and that includes rice. I checked their menu and insarabasab (Ilocano-style grilled pork) is 80 pesos while dinengdeng or inabraw (Ilocano vegetable soup) is 50 pesos. Pinakbet with bagnet aka chicharon is 80 pesos. In addition, they offer classic Filipino fare like lechon kawali, sinigang, crispy pata and ensalada, and several Chinese dishes like steamed cream dory, chop suey and crab omelette. Good food at popular prices means we can FIESTA!

Above is my Smoked Baby Back Ribs.

Pamulinawen Fiesta Restaurant P. Gomez. St., Brgy. 15, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
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One-Day Urbanitas

Woke up to a surprise special Japanese lunch delivery from a friend, who was celebrating her birthday. She sent 4 different sets. What a sweet citified lunch!

Malling is good on a hot, hot day. Went straight to the home section of the Robinsons department store. Found  some cool items for my friend — a cheese board, a chips and dip server and a nut and candy tray. Hope she’ll find them usable.

We bumped into Roksi Torres, our gorgeous friend from Core TV  in Vigan.

With Roksi for a shopping day out was another gorgeous friend, Jana Siratranont, who works at the Ilocos Sur Provincial Tourism Office and also hosts for Core TV.

[The new wedges at G by Guess.]

Unica Hija is one of the newer boutiques in the mall. They have nice and summery cotton tops, which are great for either shorts or jeans. I got a Liberty-inspired button-down shirt and a tie-dye dress (in the photo) for myself.

Before taking a tricyle, Ericke couldn’t resist an ice-blended  fruit shake from a stand in front of 365 Mall.

Next stop: Red Dot. More VNC arrivals. Shades of Imelda, I couldn’t refuse the new white version of the strappy flats sandals in my previous Red Dot post.

[The flat version of the wedges I featured earlier.]

[Current hot fashion trend: minaudiere clutches]

[Awesome new item: a spot remover!]

Giannis for the hungry urbanitas.

Eugene tagged along.

Onion rings for me. I think Chef Jackie forgot some of the spices. It would have been perfect.

The burger was real. I mean it had real beef, yummy!

I didn’t forget blog reader Tricia’s suggestion — Life Essentials Spa. The Swedish massage was great! The cubicles were clean… and the hot tea after the massage was awesome! It had a sweetish aftertaste, something like caramelized sugar. I asked the guy what was in it. He just said it was green tea with secret  ingredients. The best nightcap!!

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Kare-kare pasta and Krispy Kreme at Frontrow

Remember Frontrow? Here’s the Pasta Janet I was raring to try. It’s spaghetti noodles with kare-kare and bagoong alamang (shrimp paste) … bursting with Filipino flavors! I’d have it over and over again. Just a bit of advice… a single serving is huge enough for two.

Kare-kare is ox tail and vegetables (string beans, banana blossoms, eggplant slices)  stewed in flavorful peanut sauce.

Something new at Frontrow — the American Krispy Kreme doughnuts are in Laoag!

Only the iconic Glazed Krispy Kreme for me.

Eating out is better with them around.

Frontrow is on the second floor of the M&P Bueno Bldg. along Panganiban St., Laoag
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